If you’ve been paying extra attention during this year’s “not-E3” season and like your JRPGs, then you may have spotted Alterium Shift during the Guerilla Collective 2022 expo. Originally slated for PC and “unspecified console” , publisher Gravity Game Arise and developer Drattzy Games have revealed that the game will indeed be coming to Switch in 2023!
While we all know there are plenty of Super Nintendo-inspired RPGs out there these days, Alterium Shift puts its own twist on the trend by letting you choose between three different characters. Depending on who you choose to take the lead, you will be led into a different story that will lead them to discover the mysteries of the world.
These heroes – Pyra, Atlas and Sage – can all tap into the power of Alterium Essence. After completing their training, their teacher, Dolion, sets them all on an important mission. Alterium Shift will feature turn-based combat with a visible turn order (think Final Fantasy X), where you’ll need to exploit enemy weaknesses while on the field, you’ll be able to discover hidden treasures and loot. But every decision you make will be important.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from Alterium Shift from the game’s Steam page.
You will start your journey with three heroes in training. Pyra, Atlas and Sage. Their teacher, Dolion, tries to mold his students into heroes, better than himself. The three heroes take their final test before being sent off on an important mission that will change their lives. What fate awaits these heroes and can they complete the tasks set before them?
Dolion: From war hero to teacher, Dolion seeks out people to become heroes themselves.
Pyra: A strict and loyal leader, Pyra leads her team as straight as her spear.
Atlas: A young, shy and nimble Archer, Atlas executes each shot with deadly precision.
Wise: A very talented Alterium Essence weaver, with an ego to match their abilities.
Alterium Shift features a full turn-based battle system with a turn screen for making important decisions! Exploit enemy weaknesses and gain experience to grow your party into an unstoppable force! Of course, the loot you earn will also help you on your journey.
Explore the world of Alteria. Meet new and different people. Find loot and hidden treasure! Take on new missions. The decision is yours and every decision is important!
These multiple paths make us think of Octopath Traveler, but this is distinctly different as all three characters start together and seem to communicate outside of battle as well! At least in the early hours of the morning.
The game isn’t due out on Switch until next year, but stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, check out the trailer up top! And don’t worry – the developer caught the typo in the video. We all do it!
Are you up for an adventure in Alterium Shift? Does this game remind you of a Super NES classic? Let us know!